Robert the Bruce: the never-say-die king (and the spider)

Robert the Bruce, more formally known as King Robert I of Scotland, was born on this day, July 11 1274. He was a fierce warrior-king, who led the Scots in a number of battles trying to win independence from England, despite he is probably best known for his alleged encounter with a spider! Historically, he first took up arms against the English in 1297 when he joined the revolt led by freedom fighter William Wallace, the Scottish hero portrayed by Mel Gibson in the popular 1995 Oscar-winning movie, Braveheart. Robert…

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